Harold Edwards (mathematician)

Harold Mortimer Edwards, Jr. (born August 6, 1936) is an American mathematician working in number theory, algebra, and the history and philosophy of mathematics.

Harold Mortimer Edwards, Jr.
Born (1936-08-06) August 6, 1936
Alma materHarvard University
AwardsLeroy P. Steele Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsNew York University
Doctoral advisorRaoul Bott

He was one of the co-founding editors, with Bruce Chandler, of The Mathematical Intelligencer.[1] He is the author of expository books on the Riemann zeta function, on Galois theory, and on Fermat's Last Theorem. He wrote a book on Leopold Kronecker's work on divisor theory providing a systematic exposition of that work—a task that Kronecker never completed. He has written textbooks on linear algebra, calculus, and number theory. He also wrote a book of essays on constructive mathematics.


Edwards received his Ph.D. in 1961 from Harvard University, under the supervision of Raoul Bott.[2] He has taught at Harvard and Columbia University; he joined the faculty at New York University in 1966, and has been an emeritus professor since 2002.[1]

In 1980, Edwards won the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition of the American Mathematical Society, for his books on the Riemann zeta function and Fermat's Last Theorem.[3] For his contribution in the field of the history of mathematics he was awarded the Albert Leon Whiteman Memorial Prize by the AMS in 2005.[4] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

Edwards is married to Betty Rollin, a former NBC News correspondent, author, and breast cancer survivor.[6]


See also


  1. Curriculum vitae from Edwards' web site at NYU, retrieved 2010-01-30.
  2. Harold Mortimer Edwards, Jr. at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  3. Leroy P. Steel Prizes, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2010-01-31.
  4. "2005 Whiteman Prize" (PDF), Notices of the AMS, 52 (4), April 2005.
  5. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-12-02.
  6. Klemesrud, Judy (September 9, 1985), "Daughter's Story: Aiding Mother's Suicide", New York Times.
  7. American Mathematical Society, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8218-4439-7.
  8. Review by Samuel S. Wagstaff, Jr. (2009), Mathematical Reviews, MR2392541.
  9. Review by Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo, Mathematical Association of America, April 26, 2008.
  10. Springer-Verlag, 2005, ISBN 0-387-21978-1.
  11. Schulman, Bonnie (February 22, 2005), "Essays in Constructive Mathematics by Harold M. Edwards", Read This! The MAA Online book review column, Mathematical Association of America.
  12. Review by Edward J. Barbeau (2005), Mathematical Reviews, MR2104015.
  13. Review by S. C. Coutinho (2010), SIGACT News 41 (2): 33–36, doi:10.1145/1814370.1814372.
  14. Birkhäuser, 1990, ISBN 0-8176-3448-7.
  15. Review by D. Ştefănescu (1993), Mathematical Reviews, MR1200892.
  16. Graduate Texts in Mathematics 101, Springer-Verlag, 1984, ISBN 0-387-90980-X.
  17. Review by B. Heinrich Matzat (1987), Mathematical Reviews, MR0743418.
  18. Review by Peter M. Neumann (1987), American Mathematical Monthly 93: 407–411.
  19. The Lester R. Ford Award, MAA, retrieved 2010-02-01.
  20. Graduate Texts in Mathematics 50, Springer-Verlag, New York, 1977, ISBN 0-387-90230-9. Reprinted with corrections, 1996, ISBN 978-0-387-95002-0, MR1416327. Russian translation by V. L. Kalinin and A. I. Skopin. Mir, Moscow, 1980, MR0616636.
  21. Review by Charles J. Parry (1981), Bulletin of the AMS 4 (2): 218–222.
  22. Review by William C. Waterhouse (1983), Mathematical Reviews, MR0616635.
  23. Pure and Applied Mathematics 58, Academic Press, 1974. Republished by Dover Publications, 2001, ISBN 978-0-486-41740-0.
  24. Review by Harvey Cohn (1975), SIAM Review 17 (4): 697–699, doi:10.1137/1017086.
  25. Review by Robert Spira (1976), Historia Mathematica 3 (4): 489–490, doi:10.1016/0315-0860(76)90087-2.
  26. Review by Bruce C. Berndt, Mathematical Reviews, MR0466039.
  27. Houghton–Mifflin, 1969. Reprinted with corrections by Krieger Publishing, 1980. Republished again by Birkhäuser, 1993, ISBN 0-8176-3707-9.
  28. Review by Nick Lord (1996), The Mathematical Gazette 80 (489): 629–630, doi:10.2307/3618555.
  29. Review by R. S. Booth (1982), Mathematical Reviews, MR0587115.
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